City Of Portland

Mailing Address:
City of Portland
702 Arnold Ave.
Portland, ND 58274

Mayor
Sven Mickels
email
Home: 786-4248
Cell: 218-779-5818

Public Works – City Maintenance
Ben Basol
email
City Shop: 701-788-9058
Cell: 701-430-1389

City Auditor
Nadine Rygg
email
City Hall: 701-788-2463
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Monday – Friday

City Attorney
Brett Brudvik
email
Office: 701-788-3251

Municipal Judge
Tom Moe

Assessor
The Meyer Group
Janet and Merrill Meyer
701-786-3254

Park Board

Merle Strand, Chair

John Peterson – Sec/Treas
701-788-2752

Jackie Ulrich
701-788-2780

Julie Winger
701-788-2009

City Council

City Council Meetings

The Portland City Council meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Hall building. Meetings are always open to the public.

Mayor
Sven Mickels
Home: 786-4248
Cell: 218-779-5818
email

City Auditor
Nadine Rygg
City Hall: 701-788-2463
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Monday – Friday
email

City Attorney
Brett Brudvik
Office: 701-788-3251
email

City Council

Jarod Basol
Department Head – Streets
701-788-2354
email

Heather Hutchins
Council President
Department Head – Water/Sewer/Trash
701-430-3397
email

Ed Lenaburg
Department Head – Police

JoAnna Nielson
Department Head – Grounds, Buildings

Public Works – City Maintenance
Ben Basol
City Shop: 701-788-9058
Cell: 701-430-1389
email

Garbage & Recycling

Garbage, Residential
TUESDAY

Garbage, Commercial
Businesses must make individual arrangements with garbage hauler

Recycling
Wednesday pickup – 4th full week of the month

Burn Site
Located on the North end just past 1st street on Jahr Ave. Hours are 1:00p.m. thru 2:00p.m. each Saturday from April thru November (depending on snow cover). Only Trees, wood and leaves are allowed in the burn site by order of the State Health Department.

Permits & Licenses

Building Permit

Call Ben Basol for building permit information (701-490-1389)

Pet Licenses

No dog or cat shall be permitted to be in or remain in the City of Portland without being registered as to it’s sex, breed, name and address of the owner. At the time of registration the owner shall obtain a license and pay a fee of $5.00. All licenses expire December 31 of each year. It is the owner’s responsibility to securely attach the license tag around the dog or cats neck and keep it there at all times during the license period.

It is the responsibility of the owner of any dog or cat, kept in the City of Portland, to have it inoculated against rabies at least once a year if the vaccine used was phenalized vaccine. A license cannot be issued for any dog of cat unless the applicant shows a certificate from a veterinarian showing compliance with this vaccination.

To license your pet:
Contact the Traill County Sheriff’s office at 701-636-4510.

Gambling & Raffle Permits

Please visit City Hall for permits.

Portland History

The plat of the original township of Portland was filed in the office of the register of deeds of Traill County on the 22nd of November, 1881 by W.C. Morrison, Ole T Jahr, Alvin Amb and Sven O. Nordskog, proprietors and soon after the track of the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba, (now the Great Northern) R.R. was laid into the town in December 1881.

Portland was platted in November 1881 in by George W. Parke, Division Engineer for St Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railway, whose name is on the main east-west street of Portland.  Sven O. Nordskog furnished 69 acres and Alvin Arnold furnished 60 acres of land for the original township.  In 1882, O.T. Jahr supplied 20 acres for an addition.  George Turner and John Amb did the surveying with Edgar Arnold assisting.

All surveying was completed by February 6, 1882 and the certified plats placed on file in the county seat.

The City of Portland was incorporated in the spring of 1885.

Population – 606 residents (2010) Census

  • 269 households
  • 161 families

Established in 1881

Land Area 0.86 sq. miles

Firsts for Portland:

  • 1st building was moved in from old Mayville to a site on Broadway.
  • 1st settler was Ed Hickey
  • 1st Child born was the daughter of Columbus Larson
  • 1st store was J. E. Neste & Bros.
  • 1st religious service by Rev. Mr. Hammond of Union Theological Seminary, New York City in May of 1882
  • 1st death, W.S. Fox, April 26, 1882
  • 1st school house began in June 1 1882
  • 1st regular railway train, January 1, 1882
  • 1st fire took place in May 1883 destroying the store of Neste & Bros and Larson & Owen’s saloon

701-788-2166
Mayville City Auditor

701-788-2463
Portland City Auditor